Charity show for war hero

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THE family of a South Yorkshire soldier killed in Afghanistan are gathering with friends and pals from his regiment to hold a charity event this weekend.

Trooper James Leverett’s mum Sharon is hopeful the bash on Saturday - You’ve Got Talent, at The Star pub, in Rawmarsh - will be a big success to raise money for the Royal Dragoon Guards’ welfare service and other war veterans’ organisations.

During the afternoon, there will be a kids’ talent show from 12 noon until 4pm - costing £2 to perform, with a prize for the winner and goody bags for the runners-up, plus face painting, a lucky dip, food and a surprise celebrity lookalike guest.

The adults’ talent show runs from 7pm until 1am. Performers are being charged £5 to perform or £10 for groups, and there will be a trophy for the winner, who will be picked by a panel of celebrity lookalike judges.

There will be food, a raffle and half-price shots at the bar - and Sharon is going to take a turn at the mike.

James died aged just 20 last summer when his vehicle hit a roadside bomb while serving in Helmand Province.